Colin Firth


Colin Andrew Firth is an award winning actor best known for portraying King George VI in ‘The King’s Speech’ which won him an Academy Award along with several other honours. 

Date of birth

He was born on 10 September 1960 in England.

Family

Hev was born to parents Shirley Jean and David Norman Firth. His mother was a comparative religion lecturer while his father was a history lecturer. As a young child he lived in Nigeria where his parents worked before returning to the U.K.

Education & Early life

He attended the Montgomery of Alamein Secondary School on his return to U.K. where he found it hard to fit in. He was constantly bullied by his classmates because of which he lost his interest in studies. He loved acting from a young age and started attending drama classes when he was ten. He decided to become a professional actor when he was 14. He spent two years at the Barton Peveril Sixth form college where he developed a love for English literature. However, he did not stay in the college for long and joined the National Youth Theatre in London.

Love life

Colin was romantically involved with actress Meg Tilly from 1989 and had a son with her. The couple broke up in 1994. He married Italian film producer Livia Giuggioli in 1997. The couple has two sons.

Net worth

Not yet established.

Career

His first job was in the wardrobe department at the National Theatre. After this stint, he went to study at the Drama Centre London where he started appearing in stage productions.

He played Hamlet in the Drama Centre’s production for which he got noticed by the playwright Julian Mitchell who cast him as Tommy Judd in the stage production ‘Another Country’ in 1983. He forayed into films by reprising the same role in the film adaptation of the play in 1984.

In 1988, he portrayed the real-life soldier Robert Lawrence in the BBC drama ‘Tumbledown’ which was about the story of a brave soldier who is severely injured at the Battle of Mount Tumbledown. His role was highly acclaimed.

His breakthrough role happened in 1995. He was selected to play the haughty aristocrat Mr. Darcy in a television adaptation of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ which finally got him the fame he deserved. This role catapulted him to the status of a sex symbol.

He played Lord Wessex in the 1998 romantic comedy drama ‘Shakespeare in Love’ that tells of a love affair involving Shakespeare while he was writing a play. It is a fiction though there are numerous references to the life of the real-life playwright.

He was afraid of being typecast as an aloof sex symbol due to the popularity he received by portraying Mr. Darcy and wanted to choose different types of roles. However, it was a fate he could not escape and was again cast as a brooding and cold hunk in the film adaptation of ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ in 2001.

He was part of the ensemble cast of the Christmas-themed film, ‘Love Actually’ in 2003 which explored the different aspects of love shown through ten interwoven stories.

The year 2009 was a remarkable one for him. In Tom Ford’s directorial debut, Firth played a gay professor who has been depressed since the death of his lover eight years ago. He won several awards for this role.

He played King George VI in the epic historical drama, ‘The King’s Speech’ in 2010. The story revolves around how King George copes with a stammer and tries to overcome it.

Firth appeared as senior British secret agent Bill Haydon in the 2011 adaptation of the John le Carré novel Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, directed by Tomas Alfredson and co-starring Gary Oldman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong and John Hurt. It gathered mostly excellent reviews.

In May 2011, Firth began filming Gambit—a remake of a 1960s crime caper, in the part originally played by Michael Caine. It was released in the UK in November 2012 and was a financial and critical failure, attracting many negative reviews.

In 2012, Firth co-founded Raindog Films with British music industry executive and entrepreneur Ged Doherty. Its first feature, Eye in the Sky, for which Firth was co-producer, was released theatrically in April 2016.

In May 2013, it was announced that Firth had signed to co-star with Emma Stone in Woody Allen's romantic comedy Magic in the Moonlight, set in the 1920s and shot on the French Riviera.

In 2014, he did his first turn as Harry Hart in the spy action film Kingsman: The Secret Service, which grossed $414.4 million against an $81 million budget.

In June 2015, he began filming the story of amateur yachtsman Donald Crowhurst in The Mercy, alongside Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis and Jonathan Bailey.

In 2016, Firth reprised his popular role as Mark Darcy in Bridget Jones's Baby, which fared much better with audiences and critics than the second in the series ("Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason").

He portrayed American editor Max Perkins in Genius, co-starring Jude Law as author Thomas Wolfe and based on A. Scott Berg's biography Max Perkins: Editor of Genius. He also appeared in Rupert Everett's directorial debut The Happy Prince, an Oscar Wilde biopic, playing Wilde's friend Reginald "Reggie" Turner.

In 2017, he reprised his role as Jamie from 2003's Love Actually in the television short film Red Nose Day Actually, by original writer and director Richard Curtis. Also that year, Firth returned as Harry Hart in the sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

In 2018, Firth reprised his role of Harry Bright in the sequel to Mamma Mia!, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. That year, he also appeared as William Weatherall Wilkins in the musical fantasy film Mary Poppins Returns, starring Emily Blunt in the title role.

He also played British naval commander David Russell in Thomas Vinterberg's Kursk, a film about the true story of the 2000 Kursk submarine disaster, in which he starred alongside Matthias Schoenaerts.

In 2019, he had a cameo as British General Erinmore in Sam Mendes’ World War I film 1917.

Set in 1947 England, Firth starred with Julie Walters in The Secret Garden and later in 2020 with Stanley Tucci in Supernova. In 2021, he starred in romantic drama film Mothering Sunday directed by Eva Husson.

In December 2021, he was cast in Sam Mendes' upcoming drama film Empire of Light, starring Olivia Colman.

He was also seen as Ewen Montagu in Operation Mincemeat, set for April 2022 release. In the same year, he starred as the lead character in The Staircase, an American true crime drama streaming television miniseries created and written by Antonio Campos and Maggie Cohn, based on the 2004 true crime docuseries of the same name created by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade. 

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Colin Firth
First Name Colin
Surname Firth
Born 10th September, 1960
Home City Grayshott, Hampshire, England
Current City